What is esports?
Esports officially stands for electronic sports, not to be confused with video games. It’s much more than that. What sets it apart is the level of organized competitive gameplay between teams and its own strict set of rules and guidelines. Esports is about teamwork, communication, strategic thinking and leadership — in all the same ways that traditional sports are and then some.
What games are offered on the PlayVS platform?
League of Legends, Rocket League, and Smite are the first game titles to be offered on PlayVS in partnership with game publishers Riot Games, Psyonix, and Hi-Rez respectively. Additional game titles will be added for Season Two starting in October 2019. For a detailed description of our games, visit our Game Titles
How will the league be structured?
Each school year will be composed of two seasons, one in the fall and one in the spring.
Where will matches be held?
During the regular season, players will login to the PlayVS platform on campus to play against other schools, who are also logged on at their own campus. This is a competitive interscholastic activity with no travel required. The Sport season will end in an in-person State Championship.
Do esports teams need a coach?
Yes! Each school is required to have an esports coach who is onsite for all matches. Any faculty member at school can be a coach for the esports program.
How many players are on a team?
Each esport can have an unlimited number of players on their team. However, a starting roster for League of Legends and Smite consists of 5 players. Rocket League rosters consist of 3 players.
Who can participate on a team?
Students who are incoming freshmen or currently enrolled in high school are eligible to participate on a high school team and compete for their State Championship.
What equipment do students need to play?
Each player needs the following: one computer/laptop and one set of peripherals (mouse and mousepad, keyboard, headset, monitor). Students can use their own, or schools could provide these. Jerseys are optional.
How can non-players and parents watch matches?
Some schools have chosen to livestream their matches on their own channels. PlayVS will be broadcasting State Championships and Club Finals. Broadcasting channels to be announced ahead of the postseason.
How does the Sport season work?
The Sport season is divided between a regular season and playoffs. The regular season runs from February 25th - April 26th. Matches will be played weekly. Playoffs and finals will take place in May. Each state will compete in a single elimination bracket. The top two teams will compete for the state title at a live State Championship event — exact date and location TBA. No more than 128 teams will make the playoffs. Competition schedules will be released ahead of the season.
What states are on board for the Inaugural Season?
We’re excited to support sanctioned esports in the following eight states: Alabama, Connecticut, Georgia, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Rhode Island, and Texas Charter. Additionally, we support Club Leagues in Florida, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, and Texas. Club states participate in the same format with the same games as sanctioned Sport states, but will have an online Finals instead of an Official State Championship.
What if my state isn’t on the list?
You can still sign up for a PlayVS account! Get your school onboarded and ready to go ahead of the Season Two starting in October 2019.
How do I get my school involved?
The PlayVS onboarding portal will help your school get fully prepared esports and will notify you when the season starts! You can create an account and go through the steps to build out your school profile in under half an hour.
Who can be a coach?
Any full-time faculty member at school can be an advisor for the esports program.